Yeast infection, though common as it may seems, must be the last thing on the list everyone wants to have. It’s embarrassing to have one and somehow gives off a feeling that we are not as clean as we have to be.
What is yeast infection?
Candidiasis or as it is commonly called yeast infection is a group of fungi or yeast that grows in certain areas of our bodies though it can actually appear and thrive on in any surfaces of our body. It usually appears in places on our body where it is constantly warm. It can grow in your underarms, appear on your fingernails, live on your genitals, and even on babies when they get severe diaper rashes. It often indicates that you may have the possibility of having serious diseases such as leukemia, diabetes, or even AIDS. So I would be very careful and clean as much as possible if I were you.
Causes of Yeast Infection
There can be a lot of reasons why you have yeast infection. Even the high level of estrogens in your body can trigger the infection in your body. Candidiasis is mainly caused by microorganisms found in or on your body that is mixed with bacteria which create a fungi-like infection which in some severe cases are painful as well. Another cause of having this infection is through having obtained it through an intercourse because as this infection can be contagious, it can definitely be sexually transmitted even on oral sexual contact.
What are the symptoms of yeast infection?
It can be identified as think whitish fungi growing along the warm and moist areas of our bodies. This infection extends from mild to severe conditions and its symptoms include:
- Swelling and soreness
- Itching and irritation on the infected part
- And a burning sensation is felt when you urinate or have sexual intercourse
How do you treat yeast infection?
Candidiasis treatment usually relies on the severity of the condition of your infection. If your infection is complicated and has reached the point of you endangering your health, your doctor will usually recommend a therapy that will try to reduce the risks of complications due to the infection.
On the contrary, simple infections can be treated easily with over-the-counter ointments and creams or short course therapies to reduce and eventually get rid of this infection.
How To Prevent Yeast Infection
As prevention is the best cure, there are home remedies and some dos and don’ts you can try out to prevent or reduce the risk of having candidiasis:
- When you are infected, try applying tea tree oil cream or using vinegar for douching
- Refrain from douching or the act of mixing and using fluid to clean your vagina. Though it may look like cleaning, it actually increases the risk of having vaginal infection.
- For the women, use unscented body cares such as pads, tampons, hygiene sprays instead
- Wear clothes of natural fabrics such as cotton.
- Avoid wearing tight clothes and underwear.
- Refrain from taking hot baths.
- Try to stay dry as much as possible and change clothes when necessary especially after a sweaty exercise